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George Farquhar

(1678—1707) playwright

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Abbey Theatre

Abbey Theatre  

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First permanent home of the Irish National Theatre, founded in 1904 by Lady Gregory, Edward Martyn, and W. B. Yeats to foster native drama. Dramatic scenes came four years later with riots at the ...
Alec Clunes

Alec Clunes  

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(1912–70)British actor, director, and manager. Best known for running the Arts Theatre in London from 1942 to 1952 and for performing alongside stars such as Olivier, Gielgud, and Scofield ...
Anne Oldfield

Anne Oldfield  

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(1683–1730),an actress who excelled in both tragedy and comedy. She is the ‘Narcissa’ of Pope's Moral Essays.
Barnaby Bernard Lintot

Barnaby Bernard Lintot  

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(1675–1736),bookseller and printer, published a Miscellaneous Poems and Translations by Several Hands (1712), which contained the first version of The Rape of the Lock. He published other works by ...
Beaux' Stratagem

Beaux' Stratagem  

A comedy by Farquhar, produced 1707.It describes the adventures of penniless young Aimwell and his friend Archer, who, to save money, pretends to be Aimwell's servant: much confusion follows, but all ...
Benno Besson

Benno Besson  

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(1922–2006)Swiss actor and director. Besson moved to Paris in 1945 to work with Blin, and joined Brecht in Berlin in 1949. He directed a number of productions at the ...
Bertolt Brecht

Bertolt Brecht  

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(1898–1956),German dramatist and poet who emigrated to the US during the Fascist period, then settled in 1949 in East Berlin. His early plays show kinship with Expressionism. Die Dreigroschenoper ...
breeches role

breeches role  

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A part in which an actress appears in male attire. In English the term has been traditionally applied to parts written for men and performed by women. A commercially successful ...
Bristol Old Vic

Bristol Old Vic  

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A leading repertory company, established by the Arts Council in conjunction with London's Old Vic in 1946 at the Theatre Royal, Bristol (built 1766). Since then it has presented a ...
Catharine Cockburn

Catharine Cockburn  

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(1679–1749),had her first tragedy, Agnes de Castro, performed at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, when she was 15 and published a year later. She wrote four other stage works, occasional poetry, and ...
Charles Kemble

Charles Kemble  

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(1775–1854),son of a strolling actor‐manager, Roger Kemble (1721–1802), brother of Sarah Siddons and J. P. Kemble; father of Fanny Kemble and J. M. Kemble. A leading actor for some 25 years, his ...
Colin Blakely

Colin Blakely  

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(1930–87)Irish actor, whose rich stage career was paralleled by a prolific career as a character actor in film and television. His first professional engagement was with the Group Theatre ...
Constant Couple

Constant Couple  

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A farcical comedy by George Farquhar, produced 1699, which was very successful owing chiefly to the amusing character of Sir Harry Wildair, ‘an airy gentleman, affecting humorous gaiety and freedom ...
David Garrick

David Garrick  

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(1717–79),of Huguenot descent, became a pupil of Dr Johnson at Edial. He accompanied Johnson to London. In 1741 he appeared as an actor at Ipswich in Southerne's Oroonoko. Later that year he made his ...
Dock Street Theatre

Dock Street Theatre  

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Charleston, SC. The first theatre of this name opened with Farquhar's The Recruiting Officer in 1736 but was not a success, and no performances are recorded there after 1738. In ...
Dorothy Jordan

Dorothy Jordan  

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(1761–1816),actress, appeared from 1782 to 1815 in many leading roles, and was much praised by Hazlitt, Lamb, Leigh Hunt, etc. She was for long mistress of the duke of Clarence (William IV), and bore ...
Dublin

Dublin  

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Takes its name from the Irish Duibhlinn, ‘black pool’. Duibhlinn was an ecclesiastical centre seized by the Vikings in 841. It quickly became the main Viking military base and trading centre in ...
Edith Evans

Edith Evans  

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(1888–1976)English actress; made DBE in 1946. After beginning her career with William Poel and then touring with Ellen Terry, she established herself in the 1920s as a distinguished London ...
Goodman's Fields Theatre

Goodman's Fields Theatre  

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A minor theatre in the East End of London, which opened in 1729 against fierce opposition from the patent managers and their city backers. Actor-manager Henry Giffard rebuilt the theatre ...
Haymarket Theatre

Haymarket Theatre  

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Leicester. This theatre, opened in 1973, was intended to take the place of the Phoenix, opened 10 years earlier on a site expected to be available for only five years. ...

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